Jonathan Sartin - age 48 of Lenoir City passed away suddenly Monday morning, April 29, 2013. Jonathan graduated from Lenoir City High School in 1982 and began his law enforcement career.

Jonathan worked as a part time deputy for the Loudon County Sheriff's Office for approximately four years until he was hired by the Lenoir City Police Department in 1988 as a patrol officer. He remained in that position until 1992 when he become the K-9 handler for LCPD. Jonathan was promoted to the position of detective in 1997 where he remained for sixteen years.

He served Loudon County in many secondary duties over his career. He worked as part time dispatcher for Loudon County 911, an E.M.T. with Loudon County EMS and a volunteer with the Loudon County Rescue Squad. Jonathan was also a long time member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #21.

He had a passion for youth sports, serving as the Lenoir City Youth Baseball Commissioner for the past ten years and an umpire for approximately twenty years. Jonathan also worked with TSSAA as a referee for football.

Preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Louise Sartin. Survived by his fiancee, Tina Howard; children: Eric Gibson and wife, Allison of Athens, Jon Sartin, Mary Kathleen Sartin, Carilyn Sartin, Lynsi Bolling and husband, Brenton, Jake Curtis and wife, Melinda all of Lenoir City; grandchildren: Lynzie Gibson, James Mincey, Lily Mincey, Noah Sartin, Rylee Bolling, Nathan Curtis and Maycee Bolling; brother, Keith Sartin and wife, Terrina; sister, Sonjia Wallace and husband, Joseph all of Lenoir City; nephews, Josh Wallace and Ethan Howard; nieces Rachel Long, Sierra Sartin and Jami Howard.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Lenoir City. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Dudley Evans and Rev. Mike Thrasher officiating. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home by 10:30 Friday morning and proceed to Loudon Co. Memorial Gardens for graveside services at 11 a.m.

Serving as pallbearers: James Webb, Boomer Melton, Ethan Howard, Rick Harvey, Nick Perry, Jack Fine, Mike Tinnell, Gil Morgan, Scott Brewster, Dennis Guider, and Steve Cook.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Law Enforcement Office Memorial Fund.

Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.

Jonathan Sartin Passes

Popular Lenoir City detective dies after surgery

JOSH AULT-6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - A well-known Lenoir City police detective has died.

Det. Jonathan Sartin became sick last week and was recovering from surgery at home. He was expected to make a full recovery, but Monday morning he was found unresponsive.

Det. Sartin had been on the Lenoir City police force for 26 years, but had served the community there for much longer.

"Jonathan was just an over the top individual," said Lenoir City Police Chief Don White. "He was full of life, full of energy. This is just a devastating blow to our community."

Chief White says before Sartin joined the department he had worked in several other capacities.

"He's been a community servant probably since he was in high school," said Chief White. "He's worked for the rescue squad. He's worked for the ambulance service. He's worked in the dispatch center. He's worked for the sheriff."

Along with being part of the police department, Det. Sartin also had another passion - baseball.

Sartin had been a city baseball commissioner for a decade and had been umpiring city sports for more than 20 years.

"He was umpiring last Thursday night," said Lenoir City Parks and Recreation Director Steve Harrelson. "That shows what kind of person he was. He was feeling terrible. His stomach was hurting all night. He sat there and umpired the games to the very end."

Sartin leaves behind his fiance and four children.

His youngest son, Jon Sartin, says there is a lot that he will miss about his dad.

"His smiles," said Sartin, "All the jokes he told me. He always messed around with me. I loved it. I'm just going to miss him a lot."

"I've lost my best friend," said Sartin's fiance, Tina Howard. "Jonathan was so loved. He will be so missed by so many people."

Funeral arrangements for Sartin are still being planned.

All Lenoir City baseball games were canceled Monday night due to Sartin's death.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to donate to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Longtime Lenoir City police detective Jonathan Sartin dies at 48

Hugh G. Willett

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Jonathan Sartin a legendary lawman.

According to those who worked with him, the 48-year old veteran Lenoir City Police Department detective who passed away last week was admired by just about everyone in local law enforcement.

“He had a passion for public service that impressed everyone, especially his fellow officers,” said Lenoir City Director of Public Safety Don White.

Sartin died following emergency appendectomy surgery.

“We lost a good one. One of the best,” said Loudon Police Chief James “Bear” Webb, who knew and worked with Sartin throughout his more than 30-year career in law enforcement. Webb said he frequently called upon Sartin’s knowledge of the community when investigating crimes.

“He knew everybody,” Webb said.

Sartin started as a part-time deputy and dispatcher with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office in 1982 before joining the Lenoir City Police Department in 1987 where he served as a patrolman and as a K-9 officer. He was promoted to detective shortly afterward.

Sartin was known for solving some of the toughest cases and finding some of the hardest to find suspects. He had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of local law enforcement information, White said.

“He never forgot anything. From the names and phone numbers of citizens to the names of the local thugs,” White said.

Sartin was also well known to Lenoir City residents for more than 20 years as a coach, umpire and league commissioner with youth sports teams.

“He enjoyed being around kids. He would dress up as the Easter Bunny for our Easter egg hunt,” said Lenoir City Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Harrelson.

Sartin, who has four children from a previous marriage, was engaged to Tina Howard. Funeral arrangements are being made at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City.


26-year Lenoir City PD veteran passes away 26-year veteran with the Lenoir City Police Department passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning.

Lenoir City Police Chief Don White said Detective Jonathan Sartin, 49, died at his Lenoir City home from a medical issue. Sartin started at Lenoir City PD as a patrol officer, moved up to a K-9 unit and then worked as a detective for 14 years.

Friends and family are still working to finalize his arrangements. Click Funeral Home is organizing the services.

Sartin is survived by his fiancee and four adult children from a previous marriage.